Confronting Islamophobia Speaker Series

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this three-part speaker series. Video and resources for each lecture can be found below.

About the Series
At this moment in our nation’s history, there is an unprecedented need for interreligious education and engagement around Islam. Much of the fear-mongering around Muslims is grounded in a deep mistrust of shariah, or Islamic religious law. This series will not only foster intelligent conversation around the specter of shariah in the American context, but also look at the myriad ways in which law and justice are refracted through the experiences of American Muslims today. This series is sponsored by WYPR (88.1 FM), Maryland Humanities, Howard County Muslim Council, and the ACLU of Maryland.

1st Lecture
Dr. Anver Emon delivered "Banning Sharia" on March 2, 2017, at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. In it Dr. Emon examined the legal and social implications of U.S. state legislatures' efforts to ban shariah law, with a particular look at how such legislation negatively portrays American Muslims. He is Professor & Canada Research Chair in Religion, Pluralism, and the Rule of Law at the University of Toronto School of Law. Dr. Emon was also ICJS' 2017 Manekin-Clark Lecturer.

2nd Lecture

Engy Abdelkader delivered "American Muslims Under Surveillance"
 on April 6, 2017, at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. In her talk, Abdelkader examined the U.S. government’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program, which targets American Muslims and calls on community leaders to identify individuals within their communities who show signs of radicalization. Abdelkader argued that the current CVE program (1) infringes on Muslim civil rights, (2) perpetuates an irrational fear of Muslim communities, and (3) wastes time and resources by focusing on a minority group while dismissing other viable non-Muslim national security threats. Abdelkader is a faculty member at Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service where she teaches on international terrorism, human rights, civil liberties, and national security. 

3rd Lecture
Corey Saylor delivered "Combating Islamophobia" on May 11, 2017, at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. In it he shared resources and methods to combat Islamophobia. Saylor is the Director of the Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia at the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). 


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Handouts and References


Below are the facts sheets and citation references for the 2017 Spring Speaker Series.